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Comment: smartphones (Score 1) 253

by freddieb (#47972673) Attached to: Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?
Battery life and user experience are the goals. My Motorola X has the best user experience I have had. Far better than the iphone 4s and Samsung s4. Both Google and Apple have the cloud integration (not sure about Microsoft as I have not tested). I expect automotive electronics will augment or replace some of the smartphone mobile functions.

Comment: re Apple vs Samsung (Score 1) 49

by freddieb (#46909205) Attached to: Jury Finds Apple and Samsung Infringed Each Other's Patents
I do not like these patent suits. I actually have a patent but made nothing on it as I worked for the government at the time. We patented the device I worked on so someone could not duplicate it and keep us from making it for our own use. Patents should have never been allow to descend to the level (software nuances ) of these disputes. If Samsung didn't actually steal the code, then how is it different than amd/intel disputes of the past?

Comment: re snow (Score 1) 723

by freddieb (#46109197) Attached to: Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost
There is no way the gov. authorities could have prevented the problem. Business and schools let out early and created a huge traffic problem and temperatures dropped well into the 20's (F). All most all roads despite traffic became iced over. The city and state did not possess enough sand, salt to cover the affected areas besides by this time there were abandoned cars and trucks. It took my daughter 7 hours to go about 10 miles from work to home mostly due to blocked streets and jammed up traffic.

Comment: Use hostapd and Debian or Ubuntu (Score 1) 193

by freddieb (#45045663) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Project For a Router/Wi-Fi Access Point?
I have tried what you suggest using both Ubuntu and Debian. I used one of the AR5212/AR5213 HP pci cards however if your laptop will work in the master mode you should be able to use it. I also have a Mikrotik router as someone else suggested. The hostapd solution is not as good as the Mikrotik even though I both are running high power. In my case it is probably the antenna placement. There are plenty of hostapd howto's on the net. wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg Mode:Master Tx-Power=27 dBm Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off Power Management:on

Comment: re WRT-54GS (Score 1) 334

by freddieb (#38229452) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Flash-Friendly Router To Replace Aging WRT54GS?
I have struggled with the same. I have put dd-wrt on a couple of clones and ending up bricking them with updates or modifications. I have two suggestions. Mikrotik has just come out with a high power ap / router for under $100 bucks. Their routeros is linux based and the new ap/router has a usb port also. I have had good luck running hostapd on a linux server. I presently use one of the high power (EPI-3601S) available from Amazon or Newegg and the latest version of Ubuntu server edition. Works great however, this card doesn't have wireless N.
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Dell's Misleading Graphics Card Buying Advice 381

Posted by samzenpus
from the you-should-know-better dept.
Barence writes "Dell's website includes a guide to graphics cards for PC novices which contains a dangerous chunk of misinformation. The monitor on the left, labelled as a PC that uses a 'standard graphics card,' is displaying a Windows desktop that's washed out and blurry. The seemingly identical Dell TFT on the right, powered by a 'high-end graphics card,' is showing the same desktop – but this time it's much sharper and more vivid. They're both outputting at the same resolution."

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